Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor feels that the inaugural World Test Championship win has “probably” made up for their heartbreaking defeat in the ODI World Cup final in 2019. England had won the mega event on the boundary count rule against New Zealand as well.
“I guess at the start of my career, there was a few ups and downs. We played in a few inconsistent sides, but, no, I guess over the last few years, the team has built into a fantastic consistent side and after the heartbreak of the 2019 World Cup, this is definitely the highlight and I think probably makes up for that,” said Ross Taylor in a virtual media interaction on Wednesday.
As far as the WTC final is concerned, both Taylor and skipper Kane Williamson took the team to the finish line on the final day with eight wickets in hand and successfully won their maiden world title as well. Notably, Taylor hit the winning runs as well against India.
However, New Zealand had the upper hand in the WTC Final as they had won the two-match Test series against England 1-0 prior to the mega event. On the other hand, India had last featured in the Test earlier this year against England.
“Once the winning runs were hit, walking off with him (Willamson) and the discussions afterwards, it’s something that I’ll never forget. It was still touch and go when I went out there to bat; to get through that hard period and Kane’s been a fantastic captain and ambassador for the game and our country. And for him to be out there and on that last ball before, he sort of gave me a stare: ‘hurry up and finish it’ so that he doesn’t have to. So it was nice to hit the boundary and celebrate what was a tough match with a lot of hard work over the last two or so years,” Ross Taylor concluded.
Team India will now play a five-match Test series against England in August.